Kent State's Blackstone LaunchPad Celebrates GEW in Ohio
Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad, an entrepreneurial start-up program, coordinated three events in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, including sessions related to fashion, finding ideas and social media. Kate Harmon, Kent State Blackstone LaunchPad program manager, began the “Finding Ideas and Following Your Passion” session by explaining that LaunchPad is a free and confidential service that helps Kent State students, faculty, staff and alumni from all majors start and grow businesses. She also talked about the unique opportunities available to entrepreneurs, especially in Northeast Ohio. “Northeast Ohio, believe it or not, is a very rare area in the country to have a very well-developed ecosystem around entrepreneurship, meaning there’s a lot of support agencies,” Harmon said. Kevin Wolfgang, a manager at Kent State’s TechStyleLAB, spoke to students about how to make products fashionable. He focused on the importance of being timely when developing a product, especially with fashion. While conducting research, Wolfgang said an entrepreneur should focus on finding the product’s target market and finding an acceptable price for that particular market. An entrepreneur needs to find what a consumer would be willing to pay for the product in development. Also available to students was a seminar about the new reality of the business world, including the changing climate of social media and mobile applications for entrepreneurs. For more information on the Blackstone LaunchPad, visit their website.